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PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT Ensuring precision & efficiency through measurement solutions

Feb 17, 2020

Jendamark Techcellency used to use traditional hand tools to carry out metrology tasks, but the company often struggled with time management issues and could not finish projects in a timely way. So, it turned to FARO for its 8 ft Platinum FaroArm to gain an improved solution for its metrology requirements. The case study discusses how this investment helped, which also further led Jendamark Techcellency to purchase the FARO Laser Tracker ION and QuantumM FaroArm.

With the help of the ‘Make in India’ campaign — launched in September 2014 to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub — the country is on the path of quickly becoming a hub for hi-tech manufacturing. With the potential to reach US $1 trillion by 2025, the country’s manufacturing sector is expected to become one of the world’s top three by 2020.

A leading manufacturer that offers automation systems, aerospace tooling, pallets for engine assembly and sub-assembly fixtures & tables, Jendamark Techcellency Automation focuses largely on the manufacturing of automation assembly lines as well as aerospace and jig fixtures.

The company boasts of a state-of-the-art manufacturing unit that is well-equipped with both conventional and high-tech equipment. To further expand its capabilities, the company has also invested in a new 10,000 sqft facility to support rising demand for its quality products, which are used by renowned aerospace and automotive manufacturers such as the Audi Group, Mahindra & Mahindra and the subsidiaries of the Tata Group.

The need to meet international standards

The manufacturing of the various parts necessary for automation systems, aerospace tooling and pallets for engine assembly and sub-assembly fixtures and tables require high levels of precision and accuracy.

In the past, Jendamark Techcellency would outsource metrology processes in areas such as alignment, calibration and inspection. An external service provider would be engaged to support product quality control and validation of products. However, with the increasing volume of production, the service providers could no longer support its production needs.

Previously, traditional hand tools, such as Vernier calipers, height gauges, tape measures and fixed coordinate measurement machines (CMMs) were used to carry out metrology tasks at the company. Due to the nature of this manual work, the company often grappled with time management issues and could not complete projects in a timely manner.

Sunil Megade, Plant Head, Jendamark Techcellency, shares, “The conventional measurement methods were time consuming and unable to provide the accuracy we needed for our products. Careful measurements need to be implemented at every stage, whether for inspection, calibration or alignment, to ensure that the quality of our products meet international standards.”

Streamlining processes for increased precision & time saving

Having heard about the benefits of FARO’s portable CMMs from their service providers, Jendamark Techcellency decided to invest in an 8 ft Platinum FaroArm in a bid to find a better solution for their metrology needs. A portable CMM, like the FaroArm, provides mobility, so the operators can deploy a solution wherever there is a need. It is also less cost-prohibitive when compared to fixed CMMs.

Jendamark Techcellency’s operators no longer worry about moving a bulky, heavy object that can be as heavy as two tons, into a measuring room. In addition, measurements taken with the FaroArm are much more precise and accurate than those obtained using conventional methods.

Immensely satisfied with the positive results from their initial investment in the Platinum FaroArm, the company purchased the FARO Laser Tracker ION and QuantumM FaroArm to further improve their manufacturing processes, when the solutions became available in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The FARO Laser Tracker ION, a state-of-the-art interferometer-based measurement system, allows Jendamark Techcellency to inspect large parts in both, the automation and aerospace products, with the highest precision due to its accuracy level of up to 0.015 mm. It can be applied during in-line measurements when setting jigs and aerospace parts for assembly lines, where accuracy is crucial. As the Laser Tracker ION is also useful for measurement of large objects, the company uses it to measure objects that are up to six metres long and weighs up to two tonnes.

The QuantumM FaroArm, on the other hand, is certified against ISO 10360-12:2016 and ensures maximum measurement consistency and reliability in all of Jendamark Techcellency’s applications. 20% lighter in the hand than its predecessors and immediately ready to use as it requires no warm up time, it also ensures better productivity during the inspection, design and manufacturing process, by enabling inspectionoperators to work for longer hours, more comfortably.

FARO’s measurement solutions provided Jendamark Techcellency with support throughout the pre-production, production and post-production process, eliminating concerns about human error and lengthy measurement times. Jendamark Techcellency was then better able to increase process efficiency without compromising on the quality and precision of its products.

Moving ahead

With enhanced efficiency and improved capabilities from FARO’s 3D measurement solutions, Jendamark Techcellency is now able to eliminate the need for additional verification and inspection at its customers’ facilities, many of whom are based overseas.

“We are constantly trying to improve our processes,” remarks Megade and adds, “FARO’s 3D measurement solutions have proven to be valuable additions and they have allowed us to streamline our operations while maintaining a high standard of quality. FARO’s solutions have helped eradicate the struggles we faced in managing our inspection and monitoring processes and improved our overall productivity. Going forward, we plan to invest in more of FARO’s solutions for their high-performance functionalities — especially when we venture into reverse engineering applications.”

Courtesy: Faro Technologies

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  • When being set in automation systems and assembly lines, the intricate parts require accurate measurements — especially during calibration and inspection

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